Oct 25, 2012

Former United Academy Players Finding Success in NCAA

Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2012) About halfway through the 2012-13 NCAA season, the first year that MLS will graduate a class of homegrown players, several former members of D.C. United Academy teams are making significant contributions to their respective collegiate squads.

Uwem Etuk, a senior at West Virginia University, has tallied six assists this season, best (tied) among all players in the Mid-American Conference. Etuks Mountaineers currently sit in second place in their division, just behind No. 2 University of Akron.

A pair of No. 13 Wake Forest University freshmen, Collin Martin and Jalen Robinson, have both made immediate impacts at the Division 1 level. Martin, the ninth-ranked college freshman by Top Soccer Drawer at mid-season, has registered one goal and three assists thus far. Robinson, the fourth-ranked college freshman by Top Soccer Drawer at mid-season, has already notched two goals and one assist. Robinsons five points are best among Wake Forest defenders while Martins five points are tied, with Robinson, for second among freshmen on the team.

After being selected as one of Top Soccer Drawers Ten Sophomore Mens Players to Watch in the pre-season, Tyler Rudy of No. 6 Georgetown University has added two assists in his second collegiate campaign, including one in a 2-1 loss against then-No. 2 University of Connecticut.

Mikias Eticha, a sophomore at No. 1 University of Maryland, has played in 15 games for the Terrapins this season, starting six. The midfielder recorded his first assist of the season against Georgia State University on September 24. 

For a full list of former members of D.C. United Academy teams playing collegiately, see below:
American University
Jordan Manley (Sophomore; Columbia, Md.)

Duke University
Nat Eggleston (Sophomore; Chevy Chase, Md.)

George Mason University
Julio Arjona (Junior; Germantown, Md.)

Ryan Harmouche (Freshman; Annandale, Va.)
Alex Herrera (Junior; Arlington, Va.)
Izzy Ismail (Freshman; Oak Hill, Va.)

No. 6 Georgetown University
Tyler Rudy (Sophomore; Olney, Md.)

High Point University
Kody Palmer (Redshirt Freshman; Centreville, Va.)
James Madison University
Steven Mashinski (Redshirt Sophomore; Fairfax, Va.)

Ohio State University
Chris Hegngi (Senior; Silver Spring, Md.)

Princeton University
Julian Griggs (Sophomore; Elkridge, Md.)
Myles McGinley (Sophomore; Oakton, Va.)

Radford University
Jannik Eckenrode (Freshman; Springfield, Va.)
Sam Legg (Freshman; Derbyshire, England)

Dario Redondo (Sophomore; Woodbridge, Va.)
No. 18 St. John’s University
Cody Albrecht (Redshirt Freshman; Silver Spring, Md.)
University of Central Florida
Michael Russo (Freshman; McLean, Va.)
Dallas Sikes (Sophomore; Silver Spring, Md.)

No. 1 University of Maryland
Mikias Eticha (Sophomore; Falls Church, Va.)
Cody Niedermeier (Freshman; Arnold, Md.)

University of Michigan
Alec Dockser (Freshman; Bethesda, Md.)

University of Pennsylvania
Nicky Yin (Junior; Bethesda, Md.)

University of Virginia
Kevin McBride (Junior; Fairfax, Va.)

Sean Murnane (Redshirt Junior; Centreville, Va.)
Marcus Salandy-Defour (Freshman; Kensington, Md.)

Villanova University
Damilola Adetola (Freshman; Bowie, Md.)

Virginia Commonwealth University
K.C. Onyeador (Sophomore; Sterling, Va.)

No. 13 Wake Forest University
Collin Martin (Freshman; Chevy Chase, Md.)

Jalen Robinson (Freshman; Catonsville, Md.)

West Virginia University
Uwem Etuk (Senior; Herndon, Va.)
Peabo Doue (Senior; Germantown, Md.)
Allan Flott (Junior; Arlington, Va.)

Travis Pittman (Senior; Manassas, Va.)